Extended Length Tennis Rackets

Extended Length Tennis Rackets are longer than the standard 27 inches and are often used by recreational players looking for more power and reach on their two handed backhands.

The most common lengths used are 27.25in, 27.5in, and 28in with the longest length allowed under current regulations being 29in.

In this article, I will look at the pros and cons of using an extended-length racket as well as looking at some of the options you have when looking to buy a longer tennis racket.

Extended Length Tennis Rackets

Pros of Extended Length Rackets

There are a number of different pros to using rackets with a longer than standard length with the main pro being the extra reach when you are pulled out wide on either side.

This is especially helpful if you play with a two handed backhand as you won’t have the same reach as a player who plays with a one handed backhand.

The extra length also helps you to get more power on your serve as you will be meeting the ball at a higher height and you will have more mass behind the ball.

Another advantage is that the extra reach you have will it harder for you to be passed at the net.

Below is a summary of the main advantages of playing with an extended length.

  • Extra reach at the net, on groundstrokes, and on your serve
  • More power on your overhead, serve, and groundstrokes
  • Greater stability on your volleys and when returning heavy topspin balls

Cons of Extended Length Rackets

The main disadvantage to using a racket with an extended length is that it will be less maneuverable.

It also takes a long time to get used to playing with an extended racket (especially if you have only ever played with a standard length).

They can be tiring to play with as they often have a heavier swing weight than a similar standard-length racket.

  • Less maneuverable
  • Takes time to master
  • A heavier swing weight can lead to player fatigue

3 Best Extended Length Tennis Rackets

1. Babolat Pure Drive Plus

The Babolat Pure Drive Plus (27.5in) is probably the most popular extended-length racket amongst recreational players as it offers a good mix of power, control, and spin.

Specs:Babolat Pure Drive Plus
Design:Babolat Pure Drive
Head Size:100in
Strung Weight:318g (11.2oz)
Swing Weight:324g
Head Heavy or Head Light:6 Pts Head Light
TW Stiffness Rating:69
Power:Low to Medium
Beam Width:23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Colors:Blue and Black
String Pattern:16×19
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec Pro

2. Wilson Blade 104

The Wilson Blade 104 (27.5in) is endorsed by Venus Williams and was previously endorsed by her sister Serena Williams before she switched to playing with the Wilson Blade SW 102 Autograph.

Specs:Wilson Blade 104
Design:Wilson Blade 100
Head Size:104in
Strung Weight:306g (10.8oz)
Swing Weight:317g
Head Heavy or Head Light:6 Pts Head Light
TW Stiffness Rating:60
Power:Low to Medium
Beam Width:22.5 mm
String Pattern:16×19
Grip Type:Wilson Pro Performance

3. Yonex EZONE 100+

The Yonex EZONE 100+ (27.5in) is the extended version of the popular Ezone 100 and offers similar playability and specs.

Specs:Yonex EZONE 100+
Design:Yonex EZONE 100+
Head Size:100in
Strung Weight:315g (11.1oz)
Swing Weight:335g
Head Heavy or Head Light:3 Pts Head Light
TW Stiffness Rating:70
Power:Low to Medium
Beam Width:23.5mm / 26mm / 22mm
Composition:HM Graphite
String Pattern:16×19
Grip Type:Yonex Synthetic Grip

Pros using Extended Length Rackets

Below is a selection of pros (past and present) who have played with an extended racket on the ATP and WTA Tours.

  • Diego Schwartzman – (28.0in)
  • Elina Svitolina – (27.5in)
  • Kei Nishikori – (27.7in)
  • Serena Williams – (28.0in)
  • Venus Williams – (27.5in)